Book Reviews

Restored (Enlightenment 5) by Joanna Chambers

Genre Gay / Historical / 19th Century / Royalty/Nobility / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 13-November-2020

Book Blurb

Eighteen years ago, Henry Asquith, Duke of Avesbury had to leave his kept lover, Kit Redford, in order to devote himself to raising his young family. Now, a lifetime later, his children are moving on and for the first time in years, Henry is alone.

During a rare visit to London, Henry unexpectedly happens upon an old friend of Kit’s and learns that Kit did not receive the financial pay off he was entitled to when Henry left him. Instead Kit was thrown out of his home and left destitute. Horrified, Henry begs Kit to see him and allow Henry to compensate him. But Kit, who now owns a discreet club for gentlemen of a certain persuasion, neither needs nor wants Henry’s money.

“Perhaps you should earn the money you owe me the way I had to earn it? On your knees, and on your back, taking my cock like a whore.”

Kit thought he had put his old hurts and grievances about Henry behind him, but when he sees Henry again, he discovers that, not only is the old pain still there, so is the fierce attraction that once burned between them. When, in a moment of fury, Kit demands a scandalous form of penance from Henry, no one is more surprised than Kit when Henry agrees to pay it.

As Kit and Henry spend more time together, they learn more about the men they have become, and about the secret feelings and desires they concealed from one another in the past.

Henry realises he wants to build a future with Kit but can he persuade his wary lover to trust him ever again? And can two men from such different worlds make a new life together?


Book Review

“Your dignity can be mocked, abused, compromised, toyed with, lowered and even badmouthed, but it can never be taken from you. You have the power today to reset your boundaries, restore your image, start fresh with renewed values and rebuild what has happened to you in the past.” ~ Shannon L. Alder


Kit Redford, of ‘Restored, by Joanna Chambers, has pulled himself out of a life of despair into one of success. However, he has not forgotten how he felt when Henry Asquith tossed him out on the street, seemingly without a care for his well-being. Kit thought he was long over what happened between Henry and him, but when Henry returns, wanting to make amends for what turned out to be a huge misunderstanding, all of the anger and pain Kit felt comes rushing back.


After Henry’s children are grown, he begins to feel at loose ends about what to do with his life. Years ago, he had to give up his beloved Kit because his wife, who was dying, needed him, along with his young children. Because of his rapid exit back to the country, he didn’t even get to say goodbye to Kit. However, he did write a very poignant letter that his lawyer was supposed to deliver, along with the title to the house Kit was living in and a large sum of money. Recently, he has had a meeting with his current lawyer, who, to his dismay, finds out that none of Henry’s wishes were carried out! Now Henry realizes why Kit never answered his letter! Henry wants to explain his intentions as opposed to what happened and apologize in whatever way he can. Unfortunately, he has no idea where Kit is now, what his circumstances may be, or how to contact him.


Kit left “the business’” a long time ago, and now is a respectable owner of a successful gentleman’s club of a certain persuasion. He has a comfortable life, not owing anything to anyone. Instead of living in the apartment over the club, Kit lives in a townhouse along his small family consisting of a young woman who came to him in a “delicate condition” and her son who both live with him, passing them off as his widowed sister and her son. When a friend of Kit’s comes to him to say that “your count”, as he refers to Henry, is back and wants to meet with him, Kit vehemently refuses to do so. But the longer he thinks about it the more curious he becomes about what Henry might say. Also, Kit asks himself if he wants to pass up the opportunity to give him a piece of his mind. To some degree, against his judgement, he agrees to see Henry.


‘Restored’ was a great addition to the ‘Enlightenment’ series. Kit and Henry’s dilemma is one that many people face. It shows the tragedy that can occur with a misunderstanding caused by no fault of their own. Also, it shows the power of forgiveness and restoration that can take place, especially when true love is involved. Thank you, Joanna, for another thrilling historical romance. I look forward to the next book in the series.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 287 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 28-October-2020
Price $3.99 ebook
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